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Soldiers, Civilians Awarded For Selfless Service Through Volunteering
by U.S. Army Sgt. Jon Heinrich - May 12, 2015

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FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii – The 8th Theater Sustainment Command hosted a Volunteer Recognition Ceremony, April 23, at Historic Palm Circle here.

The ceremony recognized the volunteer efforts of six Soldiers and five civilians within the 8th TSC, who contributed hundreds of hours to helping others, rewarding each of them with the Two-star Congratulatory Medal on behalf of a grateful community.

Fort Shafter, Hawaii - U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Edward F. Dorman III and Command Sgt. Maj. Charles M. Tobin, the 8th Theater Sustainment Command commander and command sergeant major, with the eleven awardees during a Volunteer Recognition Ceremony on April 23, 2015 at Historic Palm Circle. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich)
Fort Shafter, Hawaii - U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Edward F. Dorman III and Command Sgt. Maj. Charles M. Tobin, the 8th Theater Sustainment Command commander and command sergeant major, with the eleven awardees during a Volunteer Recognition Ceremony on April 23, 2015 at Historic Palm Circle. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich)

“It's about building trust with the civilian population who expects us to be who we are: the trusted Army professionals,” said Maj. Gen. Edward F. Dorman III, 8th TSC commander.

“These are the pillars of our profession: expertise, trust, espirit de corps, and honorable service,” Dorman said. “They see this or volunteering as honorable service because it's honorable in what you do, taking your own time and dedicating it to others.”

Dorman referred to volunteering as a stewardship saying, “We're stewarding this great way of life; and we're stewarding the fact that we give to others. What more could we ask for in a society than to do our civic duty as volunteers?

“When you think about what it gives back to the community, 81 billion hours annually, it generates, what would be the equivalent of, about $162 billion,” Dorman continued. “That's the Gross Domestic Product for some small countries. That's what we produced. That is phenomenal.

“I applaud you for taking the time to provide selfless service, to show what our great Army profession does, the ethic by which we live and by embodying that in all that you do,” Dorman added.

The volunteers that were recognized are:

Spc. Niamian Anotchi from 8th Special Troops Battalion, for providing numerous hours of mentorship and leadership while performing duties at the Gustav H. Webling Elementary School.

Spc. Joshua Macy from 5th Geospatial Planning Cell, 130th Engineer Brigade, for volunteering more than 125 hours as the Aliamanu Military Reserve Hawaii Youth Sports Basketball coach.

Spc. James Arbter from 5th GPC, 130th En. Bde., for volunteering more than 125 hours as the AMR Hawaii Youth Sports Flag Football coach.

Sgt. Stephen Dudas from 561st Engineer Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th En. Bde., for volunteering in the Soldiers against Drunk Driving program by offering rides during weekdays and weekends to Soldiers.

Sgt. 1st Class Avil Donaval from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 84th En. Bn., 130th En. Bde., for contributing more than 330 hours as the 8th grade boys basketball coach at Wheeler Middle School and the Child Youth Services basketball coach.

Master Sgt. Sam Shiraishi from HHC, 8th Military Police Brigade, for volunteering more than 260 hours to the Wounded Warrior Program and the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club.

Marizel Mihal from Forward Support Company, 84th En. Bn., 130th En. Bde., for volunteering more than 260 hours as the Family Readiness Group leader.

Irene Hall from HHC, 643rd En. Company, 84th En. Bn., 130th En. Bde., for volunteering more than 250 hours as the FRG leader.

Noelle Bou from HHC, 643rd En. Company, 84th En. Bn., 130th En. Bde., for volunteering more than 75 hours as a FRG volunteer and the company's reception liaison for inbound Soldiers and their families.

Monic Flores from FSC, 84th En. Bn., 130th En. Bde., for volunteering more than 116 hours as the FRG treasurer.

Meredith Rice from 561st En. Company, 84th En. Bn., 130th En. Bde., for volunteering more than 638 hours as the FRG secretary and the Kolekole Girl Scout Troop 39 leader. Rice is also the U.S. Army Hawaii Civilian of the Year.

By U.S. Army Sgt. Jon Heinrich
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Copyright 2015

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